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A Curse for True Love: Once Upon a Broken Heart, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Too many possessive male vibes in Caraval spinoff finale.

A Curse for True Love book cover: A bouquet of salmon-pink leaves and red vines is surrounded by magic dust and a starry sky

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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Possessive male vibes are NOT present in the book

Garber's writing is incredible and I could not describe how good this series is. I loved Caraval so to get the spinoff is amazing, my daughter told me she read Once Upon a Broken Heart and that I should check it out, and let me tell you, it became my favorite book. One thing I love is that none of Garber's books have no "spicy" scenes and the most it ever goes is kissing and there is no groping as the review says (we were not reading the same book) - Cindy
age 12+

As a Mom of 2 teens this is to me "Mom Approved" as there is no nudity.

Personally, as a mom, you don't want your kids to be exposed to many adult topics, but in this book I even enjoyed it. Stephanie Garber writes amazing magic, true love plot points kind of books. This book had kissing and removing of jackets but the characters still had clothes on so a kid who is mature at 12 or 13 and over should be able to read this book since none of the characters took off their clothes. Overall I recommend this book and will recommend it to other teens.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

In this trilogy finale, the possessive and bland main characters don't deserve their inventive fairy tale world. The two male suitors in A curse for True Love, Jacks and Apollo, are the possessive ones, manipulating Evangeline at every turn. Jacks may say he wants to stay away from her to keep her safe, but keeps showing up anyway and deciding how he will be the one to make her safe. Evangeline decides nothing for herself, and it's easy to see why. Even when she gets her memories back, she's only ever thinking about men, who she likes best, and what dress to wear for him. A hobby or skill would have been welcome. Her magical ability is opening enchanted archways -- not that thrilling. The more thrilling parts of A Curse for True Love were not pursued. How about playing up the Hunt more? Or actually finding Evangeline a partner worth rooting for? This may be a bestseller and readers who love the series may not be all that disappointed, but given the controlling male love interests and Evangeline's lack of agency, parents certainly will be.

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